Raphael Varane: 'Jose Mourinho like my second father'

Real Madrid player Raphael Varane during his team's match with Ajax on September 27, 2011
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Raphael Varane acknowledges Jose Mourinho's influence on his career at Real Madrid so far and describes the Portuguese as his "second father".

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has acknowledged coach Jose Mourinho's influence on his career so far.

The 19-year-old French centre-back says that the Portuguese is "like a second father" to him and has helped him develop his game.

"Jose Mourinho is like a second father to me," Varane told French TV channel TF1. "In football terms, he has significant input.

"He shows his support and his faith in me. He finds the right words to give you the peace of mind to be able to improve, which is important. We often talk. He's really close to his players."

Varane joined Madrid from Lens in 2011.

Real Madrid player Raphael Varane during his team's match with Ajax on September 27, 2011
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